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Randy Carlyle On His Firing

01/07/2015 at 4:00pm EST

from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

A public firing is always difficult to absorb. For 24 hours, on radio and TV and newspaper websites, on social media, Carlyle’s termination was the talk of the hockey world. He’s been there before. And it was always destined to end this way, whether on March 6, 2015, or five months from now or another year or two down the line. It’s the fate of all coaches in all sports. Few get to choose the time of their departure.

Carlyle is philosophical.

“I’m really at peace with it, to tell you the truth. I don’t think I left anything on the table or in the drawer.”

This city is a distinct challenge, as it will be for whoever succeeds Carlyle.

“The one thing about the job in Toronto — it will wear you down, it’ll grind you. I always tried to come out of that room and be as positive as I possibly could to the people that were on the exterior. Sure, there were things that happened inside the room that I think should stay inside the room.”

So don’t expect Carlyle get in his licks on his way out of town.


added 4:42pm, from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,

Former Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle opened the front door at his home on Wednesday afternoon to find a Toronto sports writer standing on his front porch.

“How did you find me?” Carlyle joked, after agreeing to talk for a few minutes.

During a 25-minute interview with the Toronto Sun, Carlyle was able to smile and joke, though there was a sense of real sadness in his voice. Carlyle said, yes, of course, being fired by the Leafs on Tuesday hurt like hell, but in comparison with everything else going on in his life lately, it’s nothing he can’t face with smile. The day after Leafs management pulled the trigger on his job, on Wednesday, Carlyle’s brother-in-law, John Stack, (the brother of Carlyle’s wife Corey) died of ALS in his hometown of Sudbury. Stack, a former jail guard, had battled the disease for more than a year. Carlyle had driven his wife and mother-in-law earlier this week up to Sudbury and drove back down to Toronto early Wednesday morning to pick up his daughter Alexis before heading back up north for the funeral later this week.


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